September 7, 2010 by staff
Rosh Hashanah, A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania synagogue is marking a milestone this year, opening its doors to the community on Thursday for a Rosh Hashanah Family Service in an effort to attract more members.
Brad Segall reports KYW reports of demographic changes and more Jewish families moving to the suburbs of Montgomery County was Keneseth Israel Reform Congregation in Elkins Park to open a campus Blue Bell. That was five years ago and the satellite is still strong.
Rabbi Kevin Kleinman said the synagogue has allowed smaller think outside the box when it comes to attracting young families:
“Blue Bell has always been our laboratory of ideas and new creative and energetic, so things like having Shabbat at the zoo, which has a theme Shabbat chocolate, with a Shabbat at a local farm in Blue Bell.”
They have also worked hard to create a place of worship for interfaith families and non-traditional couples and families. Thursday’s service will be held at Blue Bell Country Club at 3:30 pm. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year.
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